20 August 2017

Greater China

  • Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung leads other government officials (inset top) in apologizing for the massive blackout. Lee resigned to take responsibility. Photo: Bloomberg/Internet/CNS

    Taiwan’s economy chief quits after massive blackout

    Aug 16, 2017 1:48pm
    Taiwan’s economy minister was forced to step down after a massive blackout hit the island on Tuesday, causing deaths and chaos, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung resigned from his...
  • The woman's body temperature was lowered to below minus 190 degrees Celsius before she was kept in a liquid nitrogen tank that provides a stable temperature of minus 196 degrees. Photo: Wikimedia

    A first in China cryonics: Dead woman put in deep freeze

    Aug 15, 2017 2:59pm
    A 49-year-old Chinese woman who died from lung cancer has been put in deep freeze in the hope that she will be brought back to life and reunited with her husband once science has found a...
  • Internationally-focused Chinese companies can work to ensure that their key points of communication are “English-accessible”. Image:

    Culture globalization: The language aspect

    - Aug 15, 2017 9:17am
    As an American born in the 1980s, I have often thought of China as being synonymous with globalization. As a young child, I remember hearing of aunts and uncles and friends’ parents going off to Hong...
  • Liu Xia (center) has not been seen in public since her husband died of liver cancer on July 13 while in state custody. Photo: Yahoo

    Liu Xia: A woman whose existence is an embarrassment to China

    - Aug 14, 2017 4:48pm
    In the month since the death of Liu Xiaobo, China’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, world attention has shifted to focus on the fate of his widow, Liu Xia, who had been kept under illegal house arrest...
  • Australian casino operator Crown retreated from global expansion plans after Chinese authorities arrested some company staff last year. Photo: Reuters

    China frees top Crown casino executive from jail

    Aug 14, 2017 8:41am
    Chinese authorities have freed one of the last remaining Crown Resorts executives jailed for illegally promoting gambling, Reuters reports. Jason O’Connor, head of international VIP gambling with the Australian casino operator, was released early on Saturday,...
  • The 7.0 magnitude quake in Sichuan's Jiuzhaigou County caused multiple landslides, affecting the rescue operations. Photo: Reuters

    Rescue work continues after China quake; people voice complaints

    Aug 11, 2017 1:48pm
    Chinese authorities are continuing their rescue and relief efforts following the powerful earthquake that struck Jiuzhaigou County in the northern part of Sichuan province Tuesday night. Rescue teams, including personnel from the People’s Liberation Army, are...
  • Rescuers attend to an injured person after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County in Sichuan province Tuesday night. Photo: Internet

    Death toll seen rising after powerful quake hits Sichuan

    Aug 9, 2017 1:34pm
    A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County in the northern part of Sichuan province Tuesday night, killing at least 13 people. The quake struck at 9:19 p.m. a few kilometers from the Jiuzhai Valley National Park. The casualties...
  • Donald Duck, with Chip and Dale, providing entertainment at the Shanghai Disneyland. Photo: YouTube

    Even Donald Duck and Banna the Elephant can’t stand the heat

    - Aug 9, 2017 12:23pm
    Think it’s unbearably hot in Hong Kong these days? Well, if it would make you feel a bit better, it’s arguably hotter in Shanghai, one of the most populous cities in the world with 24 million...
  • Tianjin police are reported to have conducted large-scale raids on multi-level marketing operators following the mysterious deaths of two sales people. Photo: Tianjin Public Security Bureau

    Tianjin cracks down on MLM operations after death of 2 young men

    Aug 8, 2017 4:08pm
    Tianjin police have launched a crackdown on illegal multi-level marketing (MLM) operations after such activities were blamed for the death of another young man in the city. Zhang Chao, a graduate student at Shandong University, was...
  • “President Xi Jinping expects Hong Kong to strengthen education on the Chinese constitution, the Basic Law and Chinese history and culture,”
Education Minister Chen Baosheng told Carrie Lam in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s history full of traps and contradictions

    - Aug 8, 2017 11:18am
    What happened in China in 1949? Was it “liberation” (解放) from a corrupt regime and two centuries of foreign domination? Or was it a “catastrophe” (淪陷) that led to a one-party dictatorship whose policies caused millions...
  • The retraction of over 100 papers constituted the largest single withdrawal of academic papers, according to Retraction Watch, which monitors academic fraud. Photo: Retraction Watch

    China: Fabricated papers and fake peer reviews

    - Aug 7, 2017 3:18pm
    From the land that brought you poisonous toothpaste, toxic pet food and milk powder that sickens and kills children now comes a new perilous product: fabricated papers in medical journals with fake peer reviews written by...
  • Hangzhou is one of the 12 cities chosen for the pilot rental reform program. Photo: World Enterpreneurship Forum

    Can rental reform cool home prices in China?

    - Aug 7, 2017 1:37pm
    Chinese authorities have unveiled a pilot rental reform program in a bid to tame skyrocketing home prices. Twelve cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou, have been chosen for the pilot scheme. Under the scheme, tenants...
  • China has targeted VPN apps that allow people in the mainland to gain access to banned foreign websites such as Google and Facebook. Photo:

    China regressing to a state of information seclusion

    - Aug 7, 2017 10:32am
    While China has maintained a firm grip on the cyberworld, netizens in the mainland still manage to gain access to highly popular but banned foreign websites such as YouTube and Facebook by using software and apps...
  • There may be more mergers in the defense, airline and shipping sectors as the SOE reform progresses. Photo: Reuters

    China’s SOE reform to accelerate in second half

    - Aug 4, 2017 4:26pm
    China’s GDP growth has stabilized at 6.9 percent in the first half of this year, beating market expectations. The upbeat economic growth has paved the way for various reforms. The reform of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), one...
  • Hong Kong has more than 350,000 foreign domestic helpers while China has a shortage of about 10 million live-in nannies. Photo: HKEJ

    Why China badly needs good nannies

    - Aug 3, 2017 11:21am
    China is considering a plan to import domestic helpers from the Philippines to five big cities, and offer them up to 13,000 yuan, or about HK$15,000 per month, according to the Philippine Star newspaper. Although the...
  • China's anti-graft watchdog has released a new series of rules to guard against abuses of power by disciplinary officials. Photo: AFP

    China expels anti-graft inspector from party for corruption

    Aug 2, 2017 11:53am
    China’s anti-graft watchdog said one of its former senior inspectors had been expelled from the Communist Party after an investigation found he had abused his position to receive bribes. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI)...
  • President Xi Jinping speaks at a ceremony marking the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi: China loves peace but won’t compromise on sovereignty

    Aug 1, 2017 2:56pm
    China loves peace but will never compromise on defending its sovereignty, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday while marking 90 years since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, Reuters reports. China has rattled nerves around...
  • A taxi runs past trees uprooted by strong winds caused by Typhoon Nesat in Taipei on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan still struggling in aftermath of two typhoons

    Aug 1, 2017 1:48pm
    Taiwan is still struggling to recover from two typhoons that hit the island one after another over the weekend. Typhoon Nesat, which ripped through Taiwan on Saturday, and Typhoon Haitang which followed the next day, injured...
  • A man is blown by the strong wind in Taiwan. Typhoons Nesat and Haitang caused widespread damage and injuries. Photo: Reuters

    Weekend typhoons devastate Taiwan

    Jul 31, 2017 2:06pm
    Two typhoons hit Taiwan during the weekend, causing extensive damage and leaving dozens of people injured. Hundreds of thousands of families were without power supply, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Typhoon Nesat swept through Taiwan...
  • President Xi Jinping inspects the troops at the Zhurihe military training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

    Xi calls for building of elite force at massive military parade

    Jul 31, 2017 8:16am
    Chinese President Xi Jinping told the military to transform itself into an elite force, as he oversaw a parade with flybys of advanced jets and a mass rally of troops to mark 90 years since the...

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